First mention of a guild of merchants in Bristol.
Guild of Mariners founded to erect chantry and almshouse for a priest and 12 poor seamen.
Bristol Corporation drew up Ordinances for Guild of Merchants.
Edward VI grants the first Royal Charter to the ‘Master, Wardens and Commonalty of Merchant Venturers of the City of Bristol’; Bristol merchants finance John Cabot’s voyage in the Matthew, leading to the earliest documented landing on Newfoundland.
Society took over the almshouse in Marsh Street and established original Merchants’ Hall on the site of the chantry next door.
Elizabeth I granted Royal Charter to the Society confirming the earlier Charter.
First record of school for mariners’ children founded by Society.
John Guy, first Governor of Newfoundland in 1610, becomes Master.
Capt. James equipped by Society for expedition in Henrietta to seek North West Passage.
Charles I granted Royal Charter to Society setting out the constitution and fixing November 10th as the date of the election of Master and Wardens.
Manor of Clifton acquired.
Almshouse on St Michael’s Hill founded.
Colston’s School founded by Edward Colston. Society appointed manager of the charity’s estates.
Mathematical and Navigational School started by Society.
William Vick bequeathed £1,000 to Society and directed that the interest should accumulate until the sum of £10,000 was reached and then to build a stone bridge over the Avon Gorge.
Treaty of Paris. Owing to Society’s advice Labrador transferred from Quebec province to government of Newfoundland.
Act of Parliament abolishes the slave trade in Britain and her colonies.
Floating Harbour completed by Bristol Docks Company after pressure and assistance from the Society.
Bill for bridge over Avon Gorge received Royal Assent. Vick’s legacy, now £8,700, handed over to trustees.
Inaugural meeting of the Great Western Railway Company held in Merchants’ Hall. Much supported by Society and its members.
Wharfage lease relinquished by Society after 309 years and management of pilots relinquished after 249 years.
Clifton Suspension Bridge over Avon Gorge finally opened.
Bristol Trade and Mining School becomes known as Merchant Venturers’ School.
Colston’s Girls’ School founded.
Bristol University receives its Charter. Merchant Venturers’ Technical College engineering department becomes Faculty of Engineering.
St. Monica Trust formed.
St. Monica Home of Rest opened on Cote Lane site.
Merchants’ Hall destroyed during the Blitz.
Fern House, Clifton Down acquired as temporary Hall.
Fern and Auckland House, Clifton Down joined together to become the new Merchants’ Hall.
Queen Elizabeth II granted Charter to the Society increasing the size of the Standing Committee to 15.
Through merger, Colston’s School became co-educational as Colston’s Collegiate School.
A new 60-bed care home, the Garden House, is added to the original nursing home at the Cote Lane HQ of the St Monica Trust.
Westbury Fields retirement village opened by St Monica Trust.
Signing of Academy Funding Agreement for the establishment of Merchants’ Academy in Withywood.
Society of Merchant Venturers joins the Lord Mayor of Bristol and other civic representatives in signing a statement regretting Bristol’s role in the slave trade.
Merchants’ Academy opens (formerly Withywood Community School); Colston’s Girls’ School becomes an academy and Colston’s Girls’ School Trust is established.
Katherine House, a purpose-built retirement home for older people opens in the grounds of Cote House in Westbury-on-Trym; St Monica Trust opens Sandford Station Retirement Village.
The Dolphin School opens and joins CGS Trust.
The Kingfisher School joins CGS Trust; Bristol & Bath Regional Capital is launched.
Fairlawn Primary School opens and, with Bannerman Road Community Academy, joins CGS Trust.
The Cote Charity opens Griffiths House; Barton Hill Academy joins CGS Trust; Merchants’ Academy Trust is established; Venturers’ Academy opens and is granted approval for a new-build, purpose-built school, due to be completed in 2020.
Venturers Trust is established, combining the schools from Merchants’ Academy Trust and CGS Trust; St Monica Trust opens The Chocolate Quarter in Keynsham.